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Sustainable Management

UW-PARKSIDE 2017-19 CATALOG

College:
Natural and Health Sciences

Degree and Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science

Major - Sustainable Management

Certificates - Sustainable Management Science, Sustainable Enterprise Management

Student  Organizations/Clubs:
BIOS  Club,  Geosciences  Club,  Parkside  Geography  Club, Parkside Environmental Club

Career Possibilities:

Sustainable management emphasizes the triple bottom line of achieving positive financial, social, and environmental outcomes. Careers vary greatly.  Possibilities include environmental consulting, environmental law, product management, waste management, corporate sustainability, green public relations, sustainable business development, entrepreneurship, natural resource management, environmental impact analysis, transportation efficiency analyst, landscape designer, community development, recycling, energy management, water conservation, systems thinking specialist, and green marketing.

Program Overview

This program is a collaborative, online bachelor of science degree completion program in sustainable management offered jointly by UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, UW-Stout, UW-Superior and UW-Extension. This program consists of 21 courses that constitute the degree completion curriculum (final 63 credits) of the sustainable management degree. Because the first two years of the program curriculum consist primarily of general education requirements and prerequisites, students can begin the program through the UW Colleges, the Wisconsin Technical Colleges, or any of the UW System campuses. Students wishing to complete the entire curriculum online may do so by starting through UW Colleges online and then finishing this online program through any one of the four institutions in the collaboration. Transfer students are welcome in the sustainable management program.

Requirements for the Sustainable Management Major (63 credits)

Students are admitted into the  program after completing the UW-Parkside general education requirements and have earned 60 credits of college work. Students majoring in sustainable management are not required to complete the foreign language requirement. Students are also required to have completed the following five prerequisite courses: college algebra, introductory biology, general chemistry, introductory speech or communication, and introductory statistics. Often students complete the five prerequisite courses within their first 60 credits of college work. 

Students are required to complete each of the 21 courses listed below to complete this major. Students need to consult with the bachelor of science in sustainable management (SMGT) academic director/program adviser.

Required Courses (63 credits)  
SMGT 115 Environmental Science and Sustainability 3 cr
SMGT 220 Systems Thinking 3 cr
SMGT 230 Triple Bottom Line Accounting for Managers 3 cr
SMGT 235 Economics in Society and Sustainability 3 cr
SMGT 240 Technical Writing for Sustainable Management  3 cr
SMGT 310 Ecology for Sustainable Management 3 cr
SMGT 315 Global Environmental Chemistry 3 cr
SMGT 320 Energy for Sustainable Management 3 cr
SMGT 325 Natural Resource Management  3 cr
SMGT 330 Marketing for a Sustainable World 3 cr
SMGT 331 Sustainable Organizational Finance 3 cr
SMGT 332 Economics of Environmental
Sustainability
3 cr
SMGT 335 Management and Environmental Information Systems 3 cr
SMGT 340 Organizational Behavior and
Sustainability
3 cr
SMGT 350 Operations Management and Sustainability 3 cr
SMGT 360 Environmental and Sustainability Policy 3 cr
SMGT 370 Logistics, Supply Chain Management,
and Sustainability
3 cr
SMGT 430 International Management for a Sustainable World 3 cr
SMGT 435 International Development and Sustainability  3 cr
SMGT 460 Environment and Society 3 cr
SMGT 495 Sustainable Management Capstone 3 cr

 

 

 

Requirements for the Sustainable Management Science Certificate (12 credits)

The sustainable management program offers an online certificate in sustainable management science that is available to undergraduate students as well as to non-degree-seeking students. Students applying to the certificate program will have to meet the course prerequisites for the courses listed in the certificate program. Admission to the certificate program does not comprise admission to the bachelor of science in sustainable management (SMGT) degree program. To be admitted to the SMGT degree program, students will have to follow the admissions processes of degree-seeking students and meet the requirements for the SMGT degree program. Students who complete courses in a certificate program and are later admitted to the SMGT degree program will be able to use the credits earned in the certificate program toward the degree.

Required Courses (12 credits)  
SMGT 310 Ecology for Sustainable Management 3 cr
SMGT 315 Global Environmental Chemistry 3 cr
SMGT 320 Energy for Sustainable Management 3 cr
SMGT 325 Natural Resource Management  3 cr

Requirements for the Sustainable Enterprise Management Certificate (15 credits)

The sustainable management program offers an online certificate in sustainable enterprise management that is available to undergraduate students as well as to non-degree seeking students.  Students applying to the certificate program will have to meet the course prerequisites for the courses listed in the certificate program.  Admission to the certificate program does not comprise admission to the bachelor of science in sustainable management (SMGT) degree program.  Students who complete courses in a certificate program and are later admitted to the SMGT degree program will be able to use the credits earned in the certificate program toward the degree.

  1. Required Courses (12 credits)
    SMGT 230 Triple Bottom Line Accounting for Managers 3 cr
    SMGT 235 Economics in Society and Sustainability 3 cr
    SMGT 331 Sustainable Organizational Finance 3 cr
    SMGT 430 International Management for a Sustainable World 3 cr
  2. B.  Elective Course (3 credits)
    Choose one:  
    SMGT 335  Management & Environmental
    Information Systems
    3 cr
    SMGT 350 Operations Management and Sustainability 3 cr

Courses in Sustainable Management (SMGT)

115 Environmental Science and Sustainability 3 cr
 

Prereq:  Admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Overview of the interrelationships between humans and the environment. The material presented in the first one-third of the course focuses on important ecological concepts. The remainder of the course deals with human influence on the environment and sustainable practices to avoid or ameliorate the negative impacts. The ecological concepts are used throughout to identify, understand, and provide a basis for proposing possible solutions to contemporary environmental problems. Overall, this course will provide the student with a better understanding of how humans can more positively affect the environment in which they live.

     
220 Systems Thinking  3 cr
 

Prereq:  Admitted SMGT majors only or program advisor consent on space available basis. Freq: Yearly.
Students will use systems thinking to apply the concept of sustainability in various business, social, and scientific contexts. Rather than looking at problems by analyzing their component parts, students will learn to analyze whole systems. Students will then model the relationships and behaviors to identify leverage points for change.

     
230  Triple Bottom Line Accounting for Managers 3 cr
 

Prereq:  College Algebra, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis.  Freq: Yearly.
Students will be introduced to the discipline of financial and managerial accounting and learn how this information is used.  Students will gain a basic knowledge of the preparation of financial statements and their analytical use.  Further, students will explore how this accounting information is applied by managers in the decision-making process helping organizations meet the triple bottom line (strong profits, healthy environment, and vital communities).

     
235 Economics in Society and Sustainability 3 cr
 

Prereq: College Algebra, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Fall.
General introductory course highlighting economic, social, and environmental issues facing society.  In addition to covering traditional issues such as markets and prices (microeconomics), government economic management (macroeconomics), and international trade, it also introduces economic content into the analysis of selected topics such as poverty and discrimination, the environment, and the provision of government services.  Critiques of conventional economics thought, within the context of systems thinking and ecological economics, are integrated throughout the course.

     
240 Technical Writing for Sustainable Management 3 cr
 

Prereq: College Algebra, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Yearly.
The psychology and mechanics of written communications are thoroughly explored and widely applied.  Also included are non-written applications in such business areas as international/intercultural, nonverbal, and ethical communications related to sustainability.

     
310 Ecology for Sustainable Management 3 cr
 

Prereq: Introductory Biology, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Yearly.
Interrelationships of organisms with each other and their environments. Investigation into composition and dynamics of populations, communities, ecosystems, landscapes, and the biosphere with emphasis on sustainability.

     
315 Global Environmental Chemistry 3 cr
 

Prereq: General Chemistry, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis.  Freq: Spring.
An exploration of chemical environments as interdependent thermodynamic and kinetic systems.  The “system/surroundings” perspectives of thermodynamics will be applied to systems of progressively larger size in order to arrive at the comprehensive view of the global environmental system.

     
320 Energy for Sustainable Management  3 cr
 

Prereq:  College Algebra, General Chemistry, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Yearly.
Students will learn to apply basic engineering principles to existing and emerging energy technologies to provide a better understanding of energy production, consumption, and environmental impact; and how these principles relate to sustainable management. Topics cover a wide range of energy systems including nuclear, fossil fuels, wind, solar, biofuels and biomass.

     
325  Natural Resource Management 3 cr
 

Prereq:  Admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Fall.
Examines the interdependence between natural resources associated with land, air, and water. Explores significant environmental issues regarding the policies and problems in the use and management of natural resources related to soils, vegetation, landscape within the context of social needs and sustainability.

     
330 Marketing for a Sustainable World  3 cr
 

Prereq:  SMGT 235, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Yearly.
An analysis of an organization’s opportunities to develop sustainability practices as they relate to the development of product, pricing, supply and distribution channels (retail, wholesale), promotion (advertising, sales promotion, public relations) and target markets.

     
331 Sustainable Organizational Finance 3 cr
 

Prereq:   SMGT 230, SMGT 235, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Spring.
An introduction to the theory and methods of sustainable organizational finance. Topics include financial statements; discounting and budgeting; uncertainty and risk/reward trade-offs; and assessing the financial implications of the triple bottom line (e.g. climate change, carbon trading, human resource management, and creating environmentally- conscious shareholder value).

     
332 Economics of Environmental Sustainability 3 cr
 

Prereq:  SMGT 235, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Yearly.
Examines the interaction between market activity and the environment, applies economic analysis to the efficient and sustainable management of environmental goods and resources, and examines how economic institutions and policies can be changed to bring the environmental impacts of economic decision-making more into balance with human desires and the needs of the ecosystem.

     
335 Management and Environmental Information Systems 3 cr
 

Prereq:   SMGT 230, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Spring.
Use of the computer as a problem-solving tool, as part of data processing systems; information systems and decision support tools for managers; information systems planning and development; overview of computer hardware, software, database management, networking and web technologies; green data centers; energy efficient trends in information technology; data and information usage in green businesses.

     
340 Organizational Behavior and Sustainability 3 cr
 

Prereq: Introductory Speech or Communication, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Yearly.
Management principles and theories underlying human behavior in organizations are investigated. Topics include personality, motivation, communication, decision-making, leadership, teamwork, ethics, power, diversity, and work stress. Constraints and opportunities of an “eco” friendly organization are realized.

     
350 Operations Management and Sustainability 3 cr
 

Prereq: College Algebra, Introductory Statistics, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Spring.
Introduction to the role of the operations function in a sustainable organization. The course will outline how green enterprises address linear programming; continuous and intermittent production processes; aggregate planning; inventory control; materials management; scheduling; project management; quality assurance; and operations.

     
360 Environmental and Sustainability Policy 3 cr
 

Prereq:  SMGT 115, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Fall.
Topics include the spectrum of historical, theoretical and technical issues applicable to sustainable management of natural resources, environmental quality standards and risk management. Administrative structures that form the basis for selecting appropriate responses to complex management problems faced by industry, government and non-governmental agencies are identified. The historical development and current framework of public policy are investigated and specific foundational legislation is critiqued.

     
370 Logistics, Supply Chain Management, and Sustainability 3 cr
 

Prereq:   SMGT 350, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Fall.
An introduction to the concepts, functions, processes, and objectives of logistics and supply chain management activities. It covers those activities that are involved in physically moving raw materials, inventory, and finished goods from point of origin to point of use or consumption. It covers the planning, organizing, and controlling of such activities, and examines the role of supply chain processes in creating sustainable competitive advantage with respect to quality, flexibility, lead-time, and cost. Topics include customer service, inventory management, transportation, warehousing, supply chain management, reverse logistics, green supply chains and international logistics.

     
430 International Management for a Sustainable World 3 cr
 

Prereq:   SMGT 235, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Spring.
Analysis of the theory and practice of managing international organizations including socio-cultural aspects and group dynamics of international business and service organizations through the study of sustainable management practices. Implementation of a triple bottom line solution to organizational problems will be emphasized.

     
435 International Development and Sustainability 3 cr
 

Prereq:  SMGT 235, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Spring.
Historical roots of the idea of development, economic theories of growth and their implications for sustainability, and interrelationships between population growth, food security, poverty, inequality, urbanization, technological change, international trade and environmental change at local, regional and global scales. Contemporary issues and alternatives.

     
460  Environment and Society 3 cr
 

Prereq:  SMGT 115, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Yearly.
Introduces the fundamentals of human-environmental interaction; a grasp of how these interactions create problems; and how the elements of social, technological, and personal choices combine to overcome them.

     
495 Sustainable Management Capstone 3 cr
 

Prereq:  Senior standing, instructor consent, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Fall, Spring.
An application and study of sustainable management through the solution of an industry-based project. Implementation of a triple bottom line solution to industrial problems will be emphasized.

     

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